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[Q] 4.2.2 Active notifications repeat until phone unlocked

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Default [Q] 4.2.2 Active notifications repeat until phone unlocked

Moto X, 4.2.2 stock, rooted

When receiving a an email, message, or whatever (e.g., Gmail, snapchat, kakaotalk, google voice), the active notification appears as normal (vibrate/sound + screen display), but then the phone repeatedly displays the notification until it's unlocked. I do want the initial notification, but just the one. After the initial notification, further notif. only display the screen (no sound/vibrate).

When there isn't a notification, it doesn't display the clock over and over again as if I'm picking it up, so it's not like it's being moved around or something.

It did not used to do this, but I'm not sure exactly what setting/app/whatever would have caused this.

'Active notifications' has an option to disable certain apps or turn off completely, but there are no 'repeat' or 'lockscreen' settings located there, or in individual apps.

When I googled/searched for the issue (key words: active, notifications, repeat, stop, android, alert), I found these related posts, which seem to describe what I'm experiencing (albeit on different phones). Edit: ah, I can't post links yet, if you would like to look at them, please google the parts-of-the-url below


Has anyone else had this problem? What settings, if any, can I check for to disable these unwanted (repeated) notifications or how else might I go about it?
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This isn't a bug or an issue, it's a feature. It's something called "breathing" notifications.

Every so often, the phone will give you the notification again just to be sure you saw it the first time. There is no way to remove or alter this feature through Active Display's settings.

If you are looking for an equivalent to Active Display, a good one (and the only one I know of) is DynamicNotifications by GreatBytes.
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Have you tried swiping the notification to the side? That should dismiss it.

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It seemed to me it wasn't normal behavior, as I don't remember it happening when I first got the device, but if you say it's intended, I'll go with that.

DarkWolffe: you say "every so often". The notifications are appearing every 5 seconds or so. Is this inline with what your own experience? If I can't change that interval from the native settings, might the app you linked be able to? It seems that DynamicNotifications is made for devices that don't already have Active Notifications. (perhaps I'm supposed to disable AN and only use DN?) Thank you for the link, though, I'll check it out.

scottjb: Ah, I figured that out sometime after making this post, but thank you for that tip. It's useful when I may actually see the phone, but when I'm away from the phone or sleeping, for example, I'd prefer it not to behave that way. I realize it's an AMOLED screen, so the battery really shouldn't be affected too much, but it doesn't feel right to have it turn on over and over again so often.

Knowing they're called "breathing notifications" has allowed me to better search for related topics. It seems that turning the phone over or putting it in a pocket will stop the breathing. I'd still prefer if I could change the interval somehow, but I'm satisfied to have figured most of how it works out.
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The interval of the notifications seems to change over time. When you first get a text message etc it seems to flash the notifications more often, after some time I believe it slows down a little. You can have the feature disabled at night, my ringer is silent from midnight to 9 am and my active notifications are disabled from 1 to 7 am. When disabled at night it only stops it from displaying on its own, if you move the phone it will still display the clock and any notifications.
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